Cindy White 2017

New electric supply contracts were recently written for 60 Charleston Chamber members, resulting in projected savings of tens of thousands of dollars for the group over the next year.

Electrical usage from all participating businesses was pooled together making it possible for everyone in the group to get a great low rate, regardless of their individual usage.

Don Frontone, president/CEO for The Stone River Group, acted as the broker for the Chamber group and negotiated the fixed rate per kilowatt hour for the contract term.

The new rate of 4.77 cents per kilowatt hour is nearly a cent less than the rate on the last contracts. Contracts were issued through Homefield Energy and will go into effect on December 1.

Many of the Chamber businesses are small to mid-size and their owners just don’t have the time or expertise to negotiate with the independent energy providers.

The Chamber is able to help its member businesses save money by coordinating this aggregated buying group, freeing up real dollars that can be reinvested into their businesses.

The new contract provides a 17 percent or $51,561 annual savings from the last contract price. New members of the group will realize a savings of 27% or $92,547 annually over the current Ameren default rate.

Two Charleston businesses that just signed contracts will save $7,894 and $4,664 annually. Another business will see a savings of about $700 per month.

The Charleston Chamber also offers a savings option for its members who use natural gas. Businesses who switch from Ameren to the Chamber program typically save about 11% on their natural gas bills.

For more information about the electric and natural gas programs, call the Charleston Chamber office at 217-345-7041. A Request for Rate Quote form can also be downloaded from the Chamber homepage at


One of the hottest travel destinations right now is Iceland -- the Land of Fire and Ice. The Charleston Chamber is excited to announce a new travel program to this amazing country next October.

Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, active geysers, healing geothermal pools, dramatic lava fields, magnificent waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes and a chance to view the Northern Lights.

Passengers will take an overnight flight out of Chicago on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 6, and return on Friday, Oct. 12.

Highlights of the trip include a city tour of Reykjavik, a full day adventure to the South Shore with volcanoes and waterfalls, a relaxing soak in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, a full day excursion on the Golden Circle tour to the Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, a whale watching trip and a special excursion to view the Aurora Borealis.

The all-inclusive price of $2,979 per person (Double Occupancy) includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago, five nights’ accommodations; seven meals; international air departure taxes and fees, baggage handling, and all admissions to sites on the itinerary.

All members of the public, Chamber members and non-members are invited to attend a free informational meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, to learn more about this special travel program. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Charleston Chamber office located at 501 Jackson Ave. in Charleston.

A detailed itinerary and additional tour information including the online reservation form are available on the Chamber website at, or call the office at 217-345-7041.

Cindy White is president and chief executive officer of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce.


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